Houston Heights is a neighborhood that is part of the greater Houston Heights Area. Founded by Oscar Martin Carter and Daniel Denton Cooley in the 1890s, it was one of the first master planned communities in the United States. Developed as the first streetcar community in Texas, it was an alternative to living in the densely populated city of Houston. At the time, located four miles from the center of Houston, it was considered a suburb of the city. Today, being four miles from downtown Houston makes for a very convenient commute to work everyday for many. Heights Boulevard, which runs through the heart of the neighborhood, was designed to be a monumental statement about the Heights. It was modeled after Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue and based on the grand boulevards of Paris. The picturesque boulevard remains one of the most attractive and beautiful parts of the neighborhood. Many of the Heights’ historic Victorian homes are still around, giving the neighborhood a certain charm that draws young professionals and families alike.